Congratulations to Brenda Novak and Scott Alexander

Just a reminder that the bidding’s going to end next week at Brenda Novak’s Annual Auction for the Cure of Diabetes.  I’m delighted to say my offering of all five of my quilt pattern books (autographed, of course), plus a copy of Sister’s Choice, and a $25 gift certificate for fabric at Connecting Threads, an online quilt shop, has nine bids, but the prize is still worth a bit more than the latest one.  So now’s your chance to get something fun for yourself AND help raise funds for diabetes research. Quilters, wouldn’t these pattern books make great Christmas gifts for quilting buddies?

Plus, if the winner of my auction offering emails to tell me they saw this post and bid because they did, there will be a little something extra in the package.

Finally, remember The Ride to Beat Hunger?  Scott arrived back in Vero Beach yesterday after thirty long days riding his bike across country.  He set out to raise $50,000, and by all accounts he even raised more.  Now the money will be put to good use feeding children and assisting families.  I call that a good month’s work, don’t you?

Thank you, Brenda and Scott, for seeing a need and saying, “I can do something about that.”  You’re both inspirations to me.


  1. Danita Moon on May 28, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Hi my name is Danita Moon and I’m one of the auction volunteers. Wanted to stop by and thank you for your generous donation and support. We appreciate you helping us in spreading the word about the auction as we are in the home stretch. We have passed the $200,000 mark thanks to all wonderful donations that have drawn in the shoppers. With the help of donors, shoppers and sponsors we are making a difference in the efforts to find a cure for diabetes. We truly appreciate all your support. Thank you again.

    • Emilie Richards on May 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Fabulous, Danita. Let’s not forget the help of auction volunteers when we list all the people who are making a difference. And as for all those fabulous donations. Amen. This is a wonderful opportunity for any new writer to polish their skills. I’m so glad to hear the $200,000 mark’s already been reached.

  2. Danita Moon on May 28, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I’ve always dreamed of being a writer. Since being a volunteer on the auction and seeing all the fantastic items that have been donated for writers I’ve made up an imaginary wish list of items if I were to live out my dream as a writer. I thought I’d share that with you: The Complete Author Package Book Collection from COOL GUS PUBLISHING (Bob Mayer & Jen Tatly) (Current Bid: $34), Contract Review from Agent Marisa A. Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency (A) (Current Bid: $67), Submissions Workshop (3 Weeks Online) POLISH YOUR PARTIAL SUBMISSION from Document Driven (Current Bid: $30), NEW!!! Lawson Writer’s Academy: Ten Online Classes! Donated by Margie Lawson ($350-$400 Value!), (Current Bid: $130), First Three Chapters of Your Novel Edited by Document Driven ($420 value!) (Current Bid: $42), Up to 20 HOURS of Consultation Time with Forensic Expert Tom Adair!! ($3500 value!) (Current Bid: $140), “MICROSOFT WORD FOR WRITERS” Workshop Lesson by Catherine Chant, (Current Bid: $35), YOUR BIO (Short!), Written by Donna Erickson of (Current Bid: $12). These are all the items I believe I would need to start my career as a writer.

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